Lord Inzy powered Pakistan to their first West Indies test win in 17 years. He showed the world what a difference his presence makes.
Lord Inzy powered Pakistan to their first West Indies test win in 17 years. He showed the world what a difference his presence makes. When he was absent in the first test, Pakistan quickly went back to its old ways - dressing room fights and all!
"Inzamam's loss from the first Test was the major reason we did not win the series. We should have players to fill the void," said Sarfraz 'Big Sarf' Nawaz, who played 55 tests for Pakistan.
Lord Inzy's very presence was enough to sort things out for the team in the second test. Inzy led the charge from the front with a useful first innings score of 50 and second innings score of 117 not out in a low scoring match.
Inzy's 22nd hundred was built with enormous patience blending clever shotmaking with sublime timing. He single-handedly put West Indies 117 runs farther from a series victory after being dropped by Courtney Browne off the very first ball he faced from Collymore.
In his victory speech, captain Inzy made sure to pass the credit around. "The difference was Danish's bowling," he said. "It's not easy on this track, especially on the fourth and fifth days."
Kaneria spun up some delicious Danish pastries which unfortunately did not go down too well with Ramnaresh Sarwan (8), Brian Lara (0), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (0) and more importantly the hitherto unstoppable Devon Smith (49). Danish got them all in the space of 9 deliveries in the afternoon session of the fourth day interrupted by breaks for bad light and by long walks to the pavilion.
Kaneria's five for 46 on a deteriorating pitch was crucial in his team's ability to level the two-match series.
West Indies tide is turning.
Despite facing their 13th defeat in the last 20 tests, there was a sliver of hope for West Indies coming off this series after the South African washout. Chanderpaul said, "it was a decent series for us," adding that the bowling effort by Corey Collymore, "just shows we can improve and we are improving."
Corey Collymore was easily the series' best bowling find for West Indies beset of late by some ordinary bowling.
"I thought it was a bit unfortunate not seeing Corey Collymore play in Guyana or even more Test matches in this (2005 home) series," Lara said of Collymore. "I think he is our best fast bowler in the Caribbean and I think that was a shortcoming by the selectors. But we'll have him for a while to come now."
West Indies next travel to Sri Lanka for a two-test rubber and a tri-nation one-day series.
On his last visit to Sri Lanka, Lara amassed 688 runs in three tests which his team lost miserably. The team will be hoping for all-round performance this time and have considerably greater reserves including Chanderpaul, Gayle and Sarwan.
As coach Bennett King emphasized, West Indies have some homework to do in the three weeks between now and the tour of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, a batting paradise, may not find too much favor with the Windies bowlers. The bowlers and fielders really need to tighten up in order to deny their opponents huge scores.
West Indies batsmen have something of a handicap in the spin department too and will have to learn to cope with the wily Muthiah on his turf.
Inzy for World Captaincy please!
As for Inzy, it remains to be seen if he will captain the World XI against Australia after his hugely successful recent tours. Inzamam, Michael Vaughan and Graeme Smith are the only current skippers in the provisional 30-man squad. "A place in the World XI would be enough. If I get the captaincy it would be the icing on the cake," Inzy is reported to have said.
The squads for the Test and three Super Series one-day internationals will be reduced to 20 in July, with a final 13 to be announced the following month. The World side could be led by two different captains for the different formats of the game.